The Resource "Dawn of freedom" : the freedmen's town of Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island, S.C., by JoAnn L. Zeise

"Dawn of freedom" : the freedmen's town of Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island, S.C., by JoAnn L. Zeise

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"Dawn of freedom" : the freedmen's town of Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Title
"Dawn of freedom"
Title remainder
the freedmen's town of Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Statement of responsibility
by JoAnn L. Zeise
Title variation
Freedmen's town of Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island, S.C
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Soon after the Union Army took control of the Sea Islands along the southern coast of South Carolina, enslaved people there took their first steps towards freedom. The transition from slavery to freedom was most profound in Mitchelville, a town on Hilton Head Island. General Ormsby M. Mitchel founded Mitchelville in the spring of 1862. But its residents created the community that fostered and encouraged freedom among its members. Escaped slaves from the area and as far away as Florida congregated in the town and worked for wages, shopped in stores in Mitchelville, attended church, and reunited with family. They also voted on their laws and operated a police force and education system. The town was laid out with named streets, squares, and homes on half-acres lots. Examining Mitchelville gives us a better understanding of Reconstruction efforts that began in earnest before the Civil War ended. It helps us see the opportunities freedmen had in communities along the periphery of Union army camps. The story of Mitchelville and Hilton Head Island also highlights the often-contentious relationships between formerly enslaved people, Union army, and the Northern missionaries who came south to civilize and educate the freedmen. Consequently, to draw a clear picture of Mitchelville requires an understanding of the racial ideas and attitudes blacks and whites formed about each other at that time. A thriving community during the war, Mitchelville did not survive past the turn of the century. Although the Mitchelville experiment and its successes were largely forgotten in the aftermath of Reconstruction and the tumultuous era of segregation, residents of the town took their experiences and education with them as they created strong communities in other areas."--Pages v-vi
Cataloging source
SXC
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Zeise, JoAnn L
Dissertation note
Thesis (M.A.)--University of South Carolina, 2012.
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maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
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  • Mitchelville (S.C.)
  • Mitchelville (S.C.)
  • Freedmen
  • Reconstruction
  • Hilton Head Island (S.C.)
  • Hilton Head Island (S.C.)
  • Fugitive slaves
  • African Americans
  • United States
  • South Carolina
Label
"Dawn of freedom" : the freedmen's town of Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island, S.C., by JoAnn L. Zeise
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Publication
Note
UMI number: 1516737
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- First encounters -- Wage and labor relationship between contraband slaves and the Union army -- Negotiating freedom -- Mitchelville -- Mitchelville after the Civil War -- Conclusion
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 71 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
maps (some color)
Label
"Dawn of freedom" : the freedmen's town of Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island, S.C., by JoAnn L. Zeise
Publication
Note
UMI number: 1516737
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- First encounters -- Wage and labor relationship between contraband slaves and the Union army -- Negotiating freedom -- Mitchelville -- Mitchelville after the Civil War -- Conclusion
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 71 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
maps (some color)

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